AAccording to the text of this congressional declaration, temporomandibular joint disorders are among the more painful, yet least well understood disorders affecting people today while estimates of the number of people in this country affected by TMJ disorders run into the millions. These disorders are often mistaken for other ailments or presumed to be psychological in nature.
Temporomandibular joint disorders, commonly referred to as TMJ, afflict millions of Americans, both children and adults of both sexes and all races.
TMJ is a painful and disabling disorder that emanates from the jaw joints and can affect the health of the entire neuro-musculo-
The jaw joints are the most special and complex joints in the entire anatomy while similar to other joints – cushioned by cartilage, held together by ligaments, and moved by muscles activated by nerves – they differ in their structure which allows them to perform more functions that the other joints in the body.
Due to their location, the jaw joints are the pathway for motor and sensory activities to and from the brain to the rest of the body. Some of the diverse symptoms of this multi-faceted TMJ disorder include inability to open or close the mouth freely, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, headaches, eye pain and ringing in the ears. Many of the symptoms mimic or overlap with many other disorders, thereby creating the popular designation for TMJ as ‘The Great Imposter.’ ad its sufferers as ‘Prisoners of Pain.’
While they are orthopedic joints like all other joints in the body, care for the jaw joints and disorders to them >falls between the cracks’ of medicine and dentistry.
The ultimate aim of these actions is to alleviate the untold preventable human suffering by those afflicted with TMJ. By designating November of each year as Jaw Joints-TMJ Awareness Month’ awareness can be increased among all Americans, and in particular those in a position to help treat, insure, and provide appropriate research ultimately to prevent this scourge in our nation.
The Center for Headaches and Facial Pain in South Amboy, NJ employs a comprehensive program under the direction of Ira Klemons, D.D.S., Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in this field. For more information, visit http://www.headaches.com.
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The staff of The Center for Headaches and Facial Pain understands the need for a results-oriented approach to patient problems, and has developed a comprehensive program under the direction of Dr. Ira Klemons, an internationally recognized expert in the field. Among many other distinctions, the Center was approved by the United States Government to provide advanced training to physicians and dentists in head and facial pain and TM joint disorders. In addition, Dr. Klemons was designated as an impartial medical expert in head and facial pain, and TM joint disorders for the New Jersey Courts by the Medical Society of New Jersey.
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